Infectious Diseases in the New Millennium: Legal and Ethical Challenges

Mark Eccleston-Turner (Editor), Iain Brassington (Editor)

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This book examines the often tough questions raised by infectious diseases through essays that explore a host of legal and ethical issues. The authors also offer potential solutions in order to ensure that past errors are not repeated in response to future outbreaks. The essays touch on a number of key themes, including institutional competence, the accountability and responsibility of non-state actors, the importance of pharmaceuticals, and the move towards a rights-based approach in global health.
Readers gain insights into such important questions as follows: How can we help victims in other countries? What (if any) responsibility should be placed upon international organizations whose actions exacerbate infectious diseases? How can we ensure that pharmaceutical research helps all communities, even those who cannot afford to pay for the products?

While broadly covering global health law, the book adopts an inter-disciplinary approach that draws on public international law, philosophy, international relations, human rights law, and healthcare economics. As such, it is a valuable resource for academic libraries, appealing to scholars and postgraduates engaged in relevant research, as well as to those engaged with global health and policy at the international level.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationDordrecht
PublisherSpringer Nature
Number of pages253
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-39819-4
ISBN (Print)978-3030398187
Publication statusPublished - May 2020

Publication series

Name International Library of Ethics, Law, and the New Medicine (LIME)


  • Global health law
  • International health law
  • Globailsation and health
  • Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovation
  • Health and Human rights
  • World Health Organization and Public Health Emergencies


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